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    Rafael Nadal off to strong start in Rogers Cup title defense

    Aug 8, 2019
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    MONTREAL — Top-seeded Rafael Nadal opened his Rogers Cup title defense Wednesday, beating England's Daniel Evans, 7-6 (6), 6-4, in a second-round match delayed by rain three times.

    After rain delays of six and 30 minutes, Nadal fought off two set points in the first-set tiebreaker. Play was stopped for 1 hour, 56 minutes with Nadal leading 2-0 in the second set.

    "All the matches are difficult here," Nadal said. "It was a tough first set. Then in the second, I was able to take advantage at the beginning, but then he broke me back."

    The 33-year-old Spanish star, a four-time Rogers Cup champion, will face Argentina's Guido Pella in the third round. Pella beat Moldova's Radu Albot, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (2).

    Second-seeded Dominic Thiem beat Canada's Denis Shapovalov, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. Thiem was coming off a victory on clay at the Generali Open in his native Austria.

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    France's Richard Gasquet beat fifth-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan, 6-7 (6), 6-2, 7-6 (4); 10th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain edged Diego Schwartzman of Argentina, 6-2, 7-5; Cristian Garin of Chile knocked 12th-seeded American John Isner, 6-3, 6-4; and 14th-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia topped Australia's John Millman, 6-3, 6-4.

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